Nunun – Inner
Defying easy categorization, Nunun’s “Inner” possess a wild loose feeling. Nunun incorporates a wide swath of styles, ranging from tribal rhythms to a post-rock structure that informs their guitar playing. Throughout it all they explore rather gorgeous textures through their freewheeling ways. Playing skill is undeniable as each member listens to each other, resulting in arrangements that truly feel alive. Rhythms dominate and inform much of their work for they choose to draw from such a large series of sound. Surprise is of the utmost importance for they choose to take the path less traveled.
They set the tone for the album with the opening “Sham”. Over the course of this piece elements of techno, jazz, and psychedelic rock flow into a singular whole. “Ritual” swirls around an amorphous core never becoming too comfortable. Spacious and lilting is the strangely emotional work of the title track “Inner” by far one of the highlights of the collection. Here they utilize a disembodied jazz rhythm alongside serene guitar work to great effect. Hyperactive in style is the weird and wonderful world of “Ducky”. Weaving through a wide variety of sounds while staying true to a groove the song moves forward at a manic pace. Offering a nice respite from that energy is the calm and steady cinematic scope of “Satie”. Closing the album off on a beautiful note is the delicate “Waver”.
With a clear adherence to group play that at times recalls Tortoise’s approach, Nunun’s attention to detail pays off immensely on the tasteful “Inner”.